My Urban Everyday Carry Tech Pack

When writing My Urban Everyday Carry Bag I promised to get back to you on my EDC Tech Pack. Today I’ll do just that. Don’t be intimidated if you’re not a techie, a tech pack is really nothing more then a small collection of critical everyday items to take with you.

It took me a while to figure out what to include in my tech pack and what not. I started of with just a few things, it then bloomed to something worthy of it’s own naming convention and through trial and error I’ve brought it back to what I’m showing you here now. The tricky part, as I experienced picking items, is to include things you need every day as well as things you need in the case of an incident, disaster or a WROL scenario.

The small pack you see me use here is a simple pack Dove Men Care used to promote new products in. I saw them the same day I was looking to buy an Eagle Creek Quarter Cube which looks a lot like this one. But, these were cheaper and do the job well. My point, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Contents of my Urban Everyday Carry Tech Pack

Some Items Explained

I included a dual port charger instead of the nice white USB charger we know from Apple and the charger that came with my Android phone. My reasoning for that is twofold. I only have to carry one instead of two chargers and still am able of charging both devices simultaneously. And the chargers that come with most devices have less amps, ie charge slower. The Apple one has 1.0A and the one that come with my phone only .9A. A 2A charger does a much faster job in chraging your device.

The Tails OS is a bit of an odd one maybe. It stands fot The Amnesic Incognito Live System, hence tails. It is aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. That is done by forcing all its outgoing connections to go through Tor and direct (non-anonymous) connections are blocked. The system is designed to be booted as a live DVD or live USB, and leaves no trace (digital footprint) on the machine unless explicitly told to do so. This means that you can boot-up Tails on, for example, a PC or laptop at work, surf all the illegal, NSA unfriendly websites you can think of and get away with it. Why? Because it leaves no trace whatsoever on the machine you used. The administrator cannot see it, trace it or infer its use. In other words, you have privacy and anonymity at your fingertips whenever you need it.

I included the Ubuntu operating system next to Tails because it offers more in terms of being a full fledged operating system. If you’re unfamiliar with Linux you should give Ubuntu a try. It is an amazing operating system. I have it installed on my everyday machine and wouldn’t want to work without it. It doesn’t offer the anonymity that Tails does, but that isn’t a negative in most thinkable scenarios.

Roundup

This concludes my explanation of the urban everyday carry tech pack as I see it. I hope you found it useful and got one or two good ideas for your own tech pack. In case you think I forgot to include something please let my know by leaving a comment below. I really appreciate constructive criticism, so don’t be shy.

That’s it for know. Thank you for reading this far, see you next time around!

Greets, Kain.

10 thoughts on “My Urban Everyday Carry Tech Pack”

  1. I realise you’re using an Android phone but your readers who use an iOS device might like to try Emergency Plan for iPhone as part of their EDC. Essentially, it’s an app version of an emergency plan card where you record things like emergency procedures, contact people and bug-out locations.

    Hardcopy emergency plans are good in many ways but tend to get unreadable after a while. You also forget to update them. An electronic version on your phone is stays updated as part of your every-day use and always has your contacts’ latest details. You can also check your current location address or GPS co-ordinates. Of course, it’s not going to be of help if your phone battery is dead but most people these days are quite diligent about keeping their phones charged.

    All in all, there are advantages and disadvantages to both hardcopy and electronic so it doesn’t hurt to keep both with you. Since your post is about a tech pack, I figured it would be relevant to chime in Emergency Plan for iPhone.

    You can check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/app/emergency-plan/id820246228

    Thanks and I hope your readers find it useful.

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    • Very nice tip, thank you for the feedback. Useful indeed.

      They only argument I have against taking it all digital is in essence the same as the one you use against hard copy. It gets damaged. A torn page or a smudge is annoying, but doesn’t destroy the whole book/chart/etc. Dropping your phone (like I recently did) completely shattering the screen to the point where using it cut into my finger is more then annoying though. It makes it unusable. So although I do completely agree with that making the best use possible of all tech out there that supports your surviving, do think of one or two items that you cannot do without in case your tech dies (be it sn EMP or stupidity).

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      • You’re right that taking the all digital route isn’t a good idea. I think it’s more the case of using electronic and hard copy as different layers in your approach. One acts as a backup for the other as well as contributing their own benefits. The good thing is that in the case of an emergency plan, it makes use of your existing equipment (wallet and phone) so there’s no additional burden on having both.

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  2. While here, I might as well add another tip. It might be a good idea to keep the batteries in their own dedicated battery case. There’s a risk of them shorting on some of the other metal items and causing fire. It might sound implausible but it’s actually happened to me. One time I noticed smoke coming out of my pack and the cause was a bunch of loose batteries shorting in their pouch. Ever since then I’ve kept batteries in a case or at the very least, covered the contacts with electrical tape.

    A case like this one quite works well enough: http://i.imgur.com/2piGDu0.jpg

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      • Something to seriously consider adding to one of your edc bags is a partial roll of Scotch Super 33+ electrical tape It’s highly weather resistant, slightly stretchy, uv resistant, works better than duct tape in nearly every scenario and a half empty roll is still 10ft long. You can partially empty the roll by taping the ends of your batteries as well :)

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    • At the time I had build a raspberry pi that you can hook up to Ethernet and turn into an encrypted wifi hotspot that would provide encrypted internet access through Tor to whomever would use the hotspot. Really cool stuff. I had the second wifi adapter with me as a backup. But in real life you don’t really need one I guess.

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